Former Belleview standout Anne-Marie Blaney continued her running career at the University of Central Florida. During her time at Belleview she was a three-time district champion in cross country and placed in the top ten at states in 2010 and 2011. As a freshman she has quickly become one of the top performers for the Knights distance program.
What was the biggest adjustment you had to make to compete at the college level?
My biggest adjustment that I had to make was probably the mileage. I have never really ran ten miles in one day until I got here.
Is there anything you can tell high school athletes to better prepare them for the college experience?
Take your time with choosing a college. By no means does it need to be rushed because no one can force you to go somewhere. When you do decide make sure you do all the necessary paperwork and such on time. It makes things so much less stressful.
What memories from competing in high school stand out the most?
I miss the team and my old teammates of course. I will miss the more laid back feeling of the sport from high school, but I'm glad it is more serious at the same time though.
What do you miss most about running in high school?
It is different no longer running with my sister or wearing the Belleview blue uniform.
What piece of coaching or advice that someone gave you has been the biggest help?
The best piece of coaching advice that was ever given to me was from Coach Pfriender and that was, "your body can do anything in a short period of time when it comes down to it." It is true. I will never forget that last hill at the cross country state meet when he screamed that at me.